Hamish Hamilton to Publish New Steven Heighton Novel in Spring 2017

Toronto, December 2, 2015—Nicole Winstanley, President and Publisher of Penguin Canada, has acquired Varosha, a new novel by Steven Heighton, for publication in spring 2017 under the company’s Hamish Hamilton imprint. The deal was arranged via Martha Webb of The McDermid Agency.

“When I launched Hamish Hamilton Canada in 2009, Steven Heighton topped the list of authors I dreamed of bringing to a new imprint that prioritized ambitious, well-crafted literary work,” says Winstanley. “Six years later, I’m thrilled to welcome Steven to our family and to publish Varosha, a gracefully wrought work that is, without doubt, his finest book yet.”

Hailed by Al Purdy as “one of the best writers of his generation,” Steven Heighton is the author of ten books, including the acclaimed novels Every Lost Country, The Shadow Boxer, and Afterlands, a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice that has been optioned for film. He has won five National Magazine Awards and been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award.

Varosha charts the intertwining fates of two military men and a community of exiles living in the ruins of Varosha, a once-thriving Greek resort city abandoned in the wake of the 1974 Turkish invasion. From his beachfront outpost, Colonel Erkan Kaya presides, living a charmed, solitary life while allowing a handful of refugees and outcasts to inhabit the city’s crumbling interior. Among them is Elias Trifannis, a Greek-Canadian soldier on the run in the wake of a violent attack. As Elias becomes increasingly enmeshed in the village, the events he has set in motion begin to unravel the delicate balance of this rare sanctuary from history, technology, and the outside world.

About Hamish Hamilton

Hamish Hamilton ( is a boutique publishing imprint of Penguin Random House Canada with a deep commitment to literary value, embracing both young and old, the experimental and the new, selectively publishing only nine novels each year. Nicole Winstanley, as Publisher, has in the course of six short years signed to the imprint the novels of two Scotiabank Giller Prize winners (Joseph Boyden and Johanna Skibsrud), three Giller finalists (Colin McAdam, Zsuzsi Gartner, and Kim Echlin), two Costa Award winners (Helen MacDonald and Ali Smith), Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson, and such luminaries as David Cronenberg, Don DeLillo, Nadine Gordimer, Philip Roth, Vikram Seth, Zadie Smith, and the late Roberto Bolaño.

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